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Ramos avenges one of her rare losses

The South Shore mountain bikers proved that they were the best in the business – at least for a day. Three riders took home top spots in downhill and cross country race at the NORBA Nationals last weekend in Deer Valley, Utah.

Sean Hawkins, Christina Probert and Amber Ramos all broke the tape first over the weekend and John Brown made his way to the podium as well, taking third in his race.

Brown, Probert, and Hawkins all raced downhill, while Ramos rode in four races: the hill climb, point to point, dirt criterium and cross country.

Ramos’ win was especially sweet because she defeated one of her arch-rivals in the semi-pro expert cross country race. Her time of 1 hour, 29 minutes and .91 seconds was eight minutes better than her rival and second-place finisher Magen Long.

Ramos’ and Long’s battles go back to the national finals last season where Ramos had a 15-minute lead on Long, only to finish second because of a flat tire.

“I had to dig really deep and come through to win,” Ramos said. “Especially after the point-to-point course was changed.”

According to Ramos, the signs on the course were changed by some spectators, causing the riders to climb a hill that was not on the original course. Ramos felt that the extra climbs helped her in her final race, the hillclimb.

“I climbed twice as much in the point to point as the hill climb,” Ramos said. “I has already up the hill four times by the last race, so I knew what I was doing.”

Hawkins won his first race in the expert senior 19-24 category, which allows him to be bumped up to the semi-professional division. Probert was also racing in the women’s expert 30-34 division and took her second national of the season. Brown rode to third place in the expert master 30-34.

Hawkins took the top spot five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher with a time of 4:51.74 seconds. Brown’s time of 5:11.57 was only about six seconds behind winner Jason Baker.

Probert’s time of 5:59.82 was 21 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Many of the local riders are making their way to Washington for a NORBA event this coming weekend, but Ramos is taking a weekend off and riding locally in the Sky Tavern on the North Shore.

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